"Great location, close to the beach and 6 minutes to downtown. The wine and cheese reception they have daily is great. Staff is friendly and accommodat ... " More

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Hotel Description

Lavender Inn by the Sea places you steps from Carriage and Western Art Museum and within a 10-minute stroll of Moreton Bay Fig Tree. Highlights at this hotel include free continental breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool, and free self parking.

All 23 rooms feature flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and you can enjoy free WiFi, DVD players, and coffee/tea makers. Additionally, refrigerators, free local calls, and free bottled water are available.

This smoke-free hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, concierge services, and a garden. Other amenities include a free manager's reception, coffee/tea in a common area, and laundry facilities. Free breakfast is available daily.

Sights within a 15-minute walk of this Santa Barbara Beach hotel include Santa Barbara City College and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

Lavender Inn by the Sea ratings based on 15 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.6 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5

Cute hotel in central location.

Great location, close to the beach and 6 minutes to downtown. The wine and cheese reception they have daily is great. Staff is friendly and accommodating. We didn't go into the pool but it looked very clean.

Posted by on Oct 15, 2016

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5 out of 5
very nice excelentlocation and service the room was near the street but exceptionallyquiet er

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015

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5 out of 5

Great Experience

Pros: Hotel offers wine and cheese at certain times and two bottles of water each night. On the first night we got a free bottle of champagne in the room!
Cons: Wine all the time in the lobby! Haha. I know thats unlikely but during the evenings would be cool! On the other hand the milk and cookies were great!
Location: Right next to the beach! Cant beat that!
Great customer service from the Staff, especially Peter. Great at providing us with information and offered us all the amenities that came with the hotel! Definitely will be staying here again.

Posted by , from In the barrel, CA on May 26, 2015

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3 out of 5

Birthday Trip

I promised my wife an in-room massage for her birthday in our Santa Barbara trip. I called and asked how large were the rooms and who they would recommend. I was given the name of the person who " does this all the time." When we arrived, we had to cancel the massage because the room was a bit larger than a closet with no room for a massage table. I contacted the front desk and they  could not identify anyone who would have given me that information. The jacuzzi, if you can call it that, (room for 2.5 people) did not open until 9am (really?) The rest of the stay was "nice" We were not impressed and will not use this facility again

Posted by , from California on Oct 14, 2013

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5 out of 5
I would stay here again and again... it was perfect!

Posted by , from Los Angeles, CA on Sep 10, 2013

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5 out of 5

The hotel made us feel welcomed

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, close to beach
Walking distance to the beach and to all the shops

Posted by , from Reno, NV, USA on Oct 15, 2012

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4 out of 5

nice place to stay

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants
good location for what we wanted to see in the area they had a good deal of information of area attraction good value for the price

Posted by on Oct 21, 2011

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2 out of 5

Noise, traffic, noise, dated

This hotel was right on a busy road and the traffic can heard inside your room. The room was somewhat dated with the bathroom needing a complete overhaul. The walls are thin and every time someone below or near the room on the same floor closed a door my room shook. The breakfast was boxed cereal, plain cake, and apples/oranges: not hardly what a b&b should offer. You can stay at better places in the area for the same money or less. If you can sleep through loud traffic and banging doors, this is your place.

Posted by on Mar 11, 2008

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1 out of 5

Noise, traffic, noise, dated

This hotel is right on the road, you can hear the noise in your room, the bathroom is very dated and dull, the breakfast is boxed cereal, plain cake, and apples and oranges. The walls are thin and you can hear doors closing below and next you, the room shakes. The staff is friendly. Look for another place nearby unless you enjoy lound traffic and slamming doors.

Posted by on Mar 10, 2008

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4 out of 5

Great Stay

This Inn is very charming, decor is nice, staff is terriffic! Gardens are lovely, two blocks from the harbor with restaurants. Wine and cheese at night and fresh breakfast in the morning. We will come again soon.

Posted by on Nov 28, 2007

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About the Lavender Inn by the Sea

Location 206 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Property Features

Free breakfast is served daily, and guests can also enjoy a free nightly manager's reception. WiFi is free in public spaces. An outdoor pool, multilingual staff, and a garden are also featured at Lavender Inn by the Sea. Self parking is free. This Santa Barbara hotel is smoke free.

  • 23 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Manager's reception (free)
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Concierge
  • Garden
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • DVD player


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) (16.2 km / 10.1 mi)
  • Train station: Santa Barbara Station (0.7 km / 0.5 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Lavender Inn by the Sea offers 23 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature DVD players and safes. Flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Refrigerators and coffee/tea makers are provided. Bathrooms include showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Santa Barbara hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottled water and irons/ironing boards. In-room massages and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • DVD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily. The hotel hosts a free manager's reception daily.

Nearby Activities

An outdoor pool is on site. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 11:00 PM
  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children 12 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available

Hotel Names

  • Lavender Inn
  • Lavender Inn Sea
  • Lavender Inn Sea Santa Barbara
  • Lavender Sea Santa Barbara
  • Lavender Inn By The Sea Hotel Santa Barbara
  • Lavender Sea

You should know

  • Up to 2 children 12 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.